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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter F. Stevens Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No radio distress call ever crackled from the submarine USS Grunion. In 1942, under the fog of World War II, the vessel simply vanished without a trace. For nearly sixty-five years, only a dead silence lingered regarding the fate of the sub and its seventy-man crew—until now. Here author Peter F. Stevens reveals the incredible true story of the search for and discovery of the Grunion—as well as the navy’s shocking and willful cover-up of the submarine’s baffling disappearance. The Grunion was discovered in 2006 after a decades-long search by the Abele brothers, whose father commanded the submarine and met his untimely death aboard it, but one question remained: what sank the USS Grunion? Now, for the first time ever, Fatal Dive reveals the answer: one of the Grunion’s own missiles. The navy knowingly sent the Grunion out with faulty torpedoes, and Fatal Dive reveals damning and never-before-published government documents that provide irrefutable evidence of its shameful cover-up. Intriguing and explosive, Fatal Dive finally lays to rest one of World War II’s greatest mysteries.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Suspenseful…a chilling conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “After the USS Grunion was lost in perhaps the most hostile environment of the war, the details of the submarine’s sinking off the Aleutian Islands remained a mystery for decades—until the deceased skipper’s sons set out with dogged determination to find out where and how their father died. Stevens manages to build suspense even though the reader knows the ultimate fate of the Gato-class ‘pigboat.’ Fatal Dive is a quick but thoughtful and moving read.”

    Jim Defelice, bestselling author of Rangers at Dieppe

  • “Peter Stevens unreels a fascinating piece of nautical history. This real-life drama of war, suspense, and human achievement in the face of frightful odds is mesmerizing from start to finish. A book for all.”

    Lieutenant General Dave Palmer (Ret.), author of George Washington’s Military Genius

  • “A thriller that plows forward with the unrelenting intensity of a World Was II submarine hunting down an enemy cruiser, but this tale is powered by the devotion of three faithful sons desperately searching for their father, Lieutenant Commander Jim Abele—and to solve the fate of his crew, the men of the USS Grunion. A masterful mystery that is truly a love story disguised as a war story.”

    Michael Keane, author of Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eliot | 6/6/2013

    " Very interesting and captivating book. I enjoyed the hunt for the USS Grunion as well as the detective work to postulate why the USS Grunion sunk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cindy | 5/28/2013

    " Interesting story, but the writing was so uneven. When he stuck to telling about the submarine, it was great stuff. But he can't do dialogue at all. I would say pass on this one. Disappointed. "

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About the Author

Peter F. Stevens, news and features editor of the Boston Irish Reporter, is a veteran journalist with a specialty in historical writing. His work is syndicated by the New York Times and has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers. He is also a two-time winner of the International Regional Magazine Association’s Gold Medal for Feature Writing and the award-winning author of The Voyage of the Catalpa. He lives in Boston.